“Specs and delivery dates can change any time, for any reason,” Red warned us, when preorders began in August 2017. No kidding. The full launch of the Hollywood camera company’s first phone — a $1,200+ titanium beast known as the Red Hydrogen, with a “holographic” screen, swappable camera modules and more — has been delayed until August 2018. It was originally promised this summer. But in a series of posts at the REDUSER.net forum, Red and Oakley founder Jim Jannard says he believes the delay is for the best, because the extra time has allowed the company to add a key new feature: 4-View video capture. Originally, the Hydrogen was only going to have a single rear-facing camera like you’d find on a standard smartphone, with the option to add an additional modular camera array that could capture 3D video and convert it into Red’s new 4-View format — where you can move your head to look around and behind objects you see using the phone’s “holographic” screen. But now, Jannard says the phone will come with two pairs of cameras, front and back, so you can capture basic 4V content in real-time, with nothing but the Hydrogen phone itself. Plus, Jannard says the company has a 4V video chat app up and running now. (Jannard says the included cameras are “best in class cell phone sensors,” but that Red plans to offer additional higher-quality camera modules that can capture 3D spacial audio as well.) Plus, Jannard says the delay will allow… [Read full story]
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